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PSY 625 - Positive Organizations and Leadership

  • 3 credits
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What contributes to individual and collective flourishing and thriving in organizations? How can organizations and their leaders enable positive emotions, positive meaning, positive relationships, and positive cultures and climates?

Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) brings together the research, theory, and practice of cultivating human thriving in organizations from the domains of positive psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, organizational behavior, and management scholarship.

The emphasis of this course is on understanding the individual attributes for flourishing in work, enabling positive groups and teams, and designing positive leadership and organizational approaches. Topics such as positive emotions in organizations, strengths in work, work engagement, meaningful work, psychological safety, high-quality connections, and positive leadership and change approaches will be explored.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Define key concepts and methods in positive organizational scholarship and leadership.
• Apply empirical research linking positive organizational scholarship and leadership to individual-, group-, and organizational-level outcomes.
• Describe flourishing systems, and articulate pathways and strategies through which positive collectives (organizations, teams, or units) can thrive.
• Articulate a range of strategies through which leaders can facilitate positive organizational change.
• Identify best practices for leading a purposeful workplace.


Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate (GR) OR Professional (PR)

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship (2012)
    Cameron, K.S. & Spreitzer, G.M.
    ISBN: 978-0199989959
  • Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance (2012)
    Cameron, K.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Zach Mercurio, Ph.D.
Zach Mercurio, Ph.D.

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Zach holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change from CSU's School of Education and is an organization and leadership development consultant who works with a wide variety of organizations.

His research interests include the lived experience of meaningful work, purposeful leadership, purposeful organizations, purpose in work, positive leadership, positive organizational behavior and development, fulfillment in work, organizational commitment, and organizational culture.